Audi USA introduced right now that the Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron, designed and constructed particularly for Ken Block, might be proven publicly within the U.S. for the very first time on the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca throughout Monterey Automotive Week.
The one-off EV was made for the motive force’s newest addition to his Gymkhana collection, which might be referred to as “Electrikhana.” Powered by a pair of electrical motors powering all 4 wheels, and constructed on a carbon fiber chassis, the automotive abides by FIA security requirements.
The design of the “Hoonitron” was impressed by one of many model’s most legendary race automobiles, the Audi Sport quattro S1. To honor that legacy, will probably be proven alongside the instance with which Walter Rohrl received the Pikes Peak Hillclimb in 1987. Rohrl’s 10 minute 48 second time was a report, and is now one that may by no means be damaged as a result of the course was modified in subsequent years to get rid of the grime parts of the monitor.
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“The S1 Hoonitron combines lots of what Audi was already well-known for within the nineteen-eighties,” mentioned Block when the Hoonitron was first unveiled in December. “I believe it’s cool that the Audi designers have been impressed by their very own previous and uniquely transferred the automotive’s applied sciences and look into the current.”
Energy figures stay a thriller for the Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron, however Audi’s RS Q e-tron, an electrical SUV that competed at Dakar, used two Method E motors to pump out a mixed 671 hp (680 PS/500 kW), which looks as if it might be fairly good for Ken Block’s functions. Nonetheless a lot energy it makes, Block appears pleased with it.
“Audi gave me the chance to check it for a couple of days in Germany,” mentioned Block. “I’m aware of all kinds of automobiles utilizing inner combustion engines and transmissions, however there have been lots of new issues for me to study right here. Spinning right into a donut at 150 km/h straight from a standstill- simply utilizing my proper foot – is an all-new expertise for me.”
The automotive might be on show from August 17 to 21.